Astros fans have long been demanding the promotion of star prospect Yordan Alvarez, as the young first baseman has shown he has nothing left to prove in the minor leagues.
Well, on Saturday evening, 'Stros fans got their wishes, as Alvarez was promoted to the big league club, and should get some cuts in for Sunday's clash with Baltimore.
The Astros are calling up Yordan Alvarez from Triple A ahead of tomorrow's game, sources tell The Athletic.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) June 9, 2019
Alvarez had been absolutely destroying pitchers in Triple-A, to the tune of 23 home runs, 71 RBI and an unreal .343/.443/.742 slash line at the level. His beautiful swing paired with his intense power has made him one of the most coveted prospects in the league.
He currently ranks as the No. 23 prospect in the minor leagues, but will be bumped up the list once players like Fernando Tatis Jr. lose their prospect status.
This promotion has been a long time coming, as fans were beckoning the powerful 21-year-old to Houston ever since George Springer's hamstring injury.
Home run No. 2⃣3⃣ for Yordan Alvarez.— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 8, 2019
The 21-year-old Cuban continues to rake, as this is his 3rd HR this month. He leads Triple-A in homers while batting .343 with a 1.185 OPS that would make Babe Ruth jealous.
He's the @astros' No. 3 prospect: https://t.co/9C1DApJNnx pic.twitter.com/iwULUIGw2d
And for those of you who were wondering, yes, this is the same Astros' prospect who was intentionally walked so many times in a game that he didn't even bother bringing his bat to the plate an at-bat. That's the type of power that's heading to Houston.
Astros fans be prepared, there may be a baseball or two flying towards the stands off the bat of Alvarez on Sunday.